- a flaming torch.
- a torch for use at night in illuminations, processions, etc.
- a large, decorated candlestick.
- an ornament having the form of a flaming torch.
Origin of flambeau
1625–35; < French: torch, derivative of Old French flambe flame
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Examples from the Web for flambeau
Flambeau was peering into the house with a visage as white as a sheet.
"I know what you're driving at," said Flambeau rather gloomily.
"All right," said Flambeau, laughing, and finished his beer.
Flambeau, leaning motionless on the parapet, laughed and said: "My dear fellow!"
"Or on the seat," said Flambeau, and pointed to the little table.
- a burning torch, as used in night processions
- a large ornamental candlestick
C17: from Old French: torch, literally: a little flame, from flambe flame
Word Origin and History for flambeau
also flambeaux, 1630s, from French flambeau, from flambe "flame" (see flamboyant).
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